Oliver Stone shoots Sept. 11 movie in New York, treading on sensitive turf

There are a lot of comments of this movie being "factual" and it portray the evidence "accurately". What is accurate and factual? The official story, or the truth?


The towers won't fall again. Downtown Manhattan streets won't be coated with ash and debris.

Producers of the first Hollywood film about Sept. 11 since the 2001 attacks have begun shooting scenes in the city, but have promised to tread carefully on sensitive ground. The film's director, Oliver Stone, won't film thousands of New Yorkers running terrified through debris-filled streets. Most of the action in the movie will be shot on a Los Angeles sound stage. And although news footage of the attack may be shown in the background, none will show the towers' collapse.

"We're not doing the `Towering Inferno-Titanic' version," said Michael Shamberg, who is producing the Paramount film with his partner, Stacey Sher.
Family members who met with the producers said they still weren't sure whether Hollywood would treat Sept. 11 with proper respect.

"Are there going to be love scenes in it? How do you portray it correctly?" said Lee Ielpi, who lost his firefighter son on Sept. 11, and met with producers about the film. "It has to be done with some reverence."

Others said they were concerned how Stone, whose more controversial films offered theories about Vietnam and the Kennedy assassination, might interpret the attacks in the film. In October 2001, Stone was quoted as referring to the attacks as a "revolt" against multinational corporations. But in July, Stone called the untitled project "a work of collective passion, a serious meditation on what happened, and carries within a compassion that heals."

"It's an exploration of heroism in our country _ but it's international at the same time in its humanity," he said.

Charles Wolf, who lost his wife on Sept. 11, has met with producers and asked to see a copy of Andrea Berloff's script. He said he appreciated the outreach and sensitivity of the filmmakers, but wanted to make sure that the events of the day, including details as precise as the officers' view of the elevator from the rubble, are represented accurately.

"I think they need to be factual. It's too close in people's minds," Wolf said. "`Based on a true story' should not happen here."

Because Berloff's script focuses entirely on McLoughlin and Jimeno's experience on Sept. 11, the film will not interpret the politics or meaning of Sept. 11, the producers said. Stone has taken great care to portray the event as it happened, and has worked closely with the Port Authority to make sure that Cage, Pena and the other actors playing officers are using authentic equipment.

"We're not doing everyone's story that day," said Shamberg. "We're trusted with the accuracy of the particular story that we're telling."

The Stone film may not be the first studio film about Sept. 11 to be released. "Flight 93," a Universal Studios film about the hijacked plane that left Newark, N.J., and crashed into a Pennsylvania field, is scheduled for an April release. Stone's film will be shooting in New York through mid-November and is tentatively scheduled to open Aug. 11, one month before the attacks' fifth anniversary.

I don't think oliver stone

I don't think oliver stone will help the 911 truth movement. i think it could actually hurt it. if he is so worried about treadingly leghtly on the tough issues, he must not be too concerned with the truth.

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how could stone's movie

how could stone's movie possibly be accurate? there are so many unknowns about 911. whatever we personally think we know about it will never be addressed by any media, especially a movie. actually, I saw a comic strip in the L.A.Times called Boondocks, and one of the characters actually said that the WTC was blown up from the inside. ha!- other than c-span's david griffin special, that was the only time I've seen anything like an alternative explanation to the govts fairy tale in the McMedia.

One of the promises I made

One of the promises I made to myself when I first joined the movement was that Oliver Stone WILL NOT be allowed to create, "9/11". I couldn't fathom sitting in a movie theater watching yet another movie about one of the Conspiracies our Government partook in... when I heard he was making a movie, I was, and still am FURIOUS...

It prompted the creation of this thread.